If you do not have an Amazon account, step one is to get one. Step two is to sign into Kindle Direct Publishing (formerly Createspace) with your Amazon username and password. Once you are logged in, to your bookshelf.
Under “Create A New Title” click “+ Kindle Book” and just enter the information on the book, and then upload your MOBI file and your cover. Set your price and hit “Upload”.
Before you publish make sure you preview what you have uploaded! View it in all of the different formats – Kindle, tablets, phones.
To preview a file, go to your bookshelf. Then click the (“…”) button under the Kindle eBook Actions menu. Click Edit eBook content. Scroll down until you see “Kindle eBook Preview”. You’ll find “click Preview on your computer” under the “Downloadable Preview Options”. Then follow the steps to download your book.
You can set your date for launch day (we’ll talk about this in Part 3) and chill till then.
Well not chill, you’ll have plenty of work to do!
Note – if you want to make any changes, it will take up to 24 hours until things come into effect so bear that in mind.
If you plan on only releasing on Kindle, sign up for Kindle Select. You will receive extra money based on pages read by readers but you cannot sell your book on any other electronic platforms (e.g. iBooks etc).
Other eBook Formats and Platforms
There are a number of other eBook platforms (along with audiobooks) including iBooks, Nook, and Kobo. I did not publish on these platforms so I cannot speak to how these work, and going forward I also will not. It is up to you as an author as to the route you will take. I chose not to publish on these platforms as I preferred to focus on Kindle and enroll in Kindle Select.
If you want to publish on multiple eBook platforms through one funnel then you can use services such as Smashwords, Draf2Digital, Bookbaby, and Lulu. While it takes the work out of accounting for sales across multiple platforms, these come with their extra commissions, and as an author who loses an extra 30% to US taxes, it made no sense for me to make my profit margins that much narrower.
With that being said, your journey is yours alone, fellow author. If you wish to publish on these platforms, then you go right ahead!